Civil Engineering Technology

Why Civil Engineering Technology at DCTC?

The Civil Engineering Technology program at DCTC is designed for one core purpose: prepare graduates to work as civil engineering technicians in a field essential to tackling infrastructure upgrades that are a critical priority in Minnesota and across the United States. The American Society of Civil Engineers 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure estimates that $3.6 trillion must be invested in the nation's infrastructure by 2020. In Minnesota alone, $6 billion in drinking water infrastructure and $4.1 billion in wastewater infrastructure will be needed over the next 20 years.

As a civil engineering technology student, you will master state-of-the-art tools and equipment while learning from faculty who not only work in the industry, but also know exactly what employers are looking for in new technicians. The curriculum is hands-on and always relevant. You will visit real-world projects and see firsthand what you will be doing as a civil engineering technician. You will graduate with the skills and knowledge you need to land a great-paying job or go on to earn a more advanced degree.

Quick Facts

  • Median pay for civil engineering technicians in the U.S. is more than $46,000/year. (U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • Employment for civil engineering technicians is expected to grow by 12 percent from 2010 to 2020. (U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics)

  • Civil Engineering Technology partners with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, or MnDOT; students receive state certification in two fields—for a savings of nearly $800.

  • Civil Engineering Technology has an articulation agreement with Minnesota State University Moorhead that offers you a pathway to either an operations management or construction management bachelor's degree.

  • Civil Engineering Technology has an articulation agreement with Burnsville High School, allowing credits to transfer to DCTC; the program has agreements with other high schools in the works.

  • Instructor Alan Hancock has more than 20 years of experience in the civil engineering profession and has worked in virtually every area of the field; check out his bio.

  • The program covers surveying, drafting and materials testing, all keystone skills that enhance your employability after graduation.

  • Civil engineering technician is ranked as a high-demand STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) career in Minnesota. (ISEEK careers)

  • Earning a comparable associate degree from Dunwoody College of Technology would cost well more than twice as much: $36,057 vs $14,663.